Well, I'm coming down to my last 2 lessons. After having been laid off.... I need say no more on that other than job hunting is looking good.
So, back to tonight's lessons. Trying to fix the death-grip phenomena. It's in both my hands and we've (my teacher and I) are still trying to find the source - is it my left hand death-grip feeding my right or visa versa? So, I got a right hand massage while holding the bow, alot of finger re-arranging and asked to play again. I nearly dropped the bow! After awhile, I didn't feel like I was going to drop it anymore and had a looser (but still not up to par) hold. Then we worked on my right hand playing with how much pressure/weight was *really* needed to make a good tone.
Put the two together and viola! (pun intended) Then onto the Bach double concerto - although I'm good at math I seem to have a problem counting when distracted by someone else playing the 2nd part. I (blush) stop and listen to her playing instead of playing myself. LOL! It has been such a long time - decades - since I've played anything but solo. Boy, I forgot what a challenge that is! I have alot of time on my hands right now, so I can actually practice more than 30 minutes a day. By next week this little counting problem (and un-employment problem) will be fixed!
Well, My shopping for a new viola is now on hold due to getting laid off two weeks ago. Bummer. Good news is that I have 3 interviews lined up for the next couple of days and they are promicing. One is for a position up in Portland - where I know someone. I've interviewed with 3 of their folks so far and they are flying me up there this weekend for a Monday interview with, it seems, the whole plant and the CTO. (crossing fingers).
If this one goes well, I'll be looking at finding a new teacher, instead of a new instrument right away, then re-begin the whole shopping thing all over again. :::sigh:::
Violinist.com editor Laurie Niles wraps up her coverage of the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies, held at The Juilliard School in New York.
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